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How should such a mother keep her children ? All know that you have borne six ,
and that all are dead . What did you ever give them but foul words ? " “ Go and lie
with your brother , the madman , the vedda , the pariah , ” shrieked Angohami ...
I was sorry for her pain , and I said , ' Hush , mother , the evil has come . What use
to cry ? Lie down that death may come to you easily . ' But again she stretched
out her neck toward me , and cried aloud in pain , ' Ammal amma ! Aiyo ! aiyo !
My mother knows , for she heard her call herself a yakkini . Only because of my
knowledge of charms was I able to keep away the evil with which she threatened
me . And then comes this deer which they say is found in the jungle . Was not the
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - kaitanya64 - LibraryThing
Set in colonial Ceylon, this novel is vivid and readable. While the author clearly illustrates a particular culture and time, that of a rural family in the "dry" forest area, where life is ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - Steve38 - LibraryThing
Dear me but this is a depressing book. Everything that can go wrong does go wrong for the main characters. Written from the point of view of impoverished, uneducated jungle dwellers in Sri Lanka by ... Read full review